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Era Vera
« on: January 23, 2008 10:37:42 PM »

I have an excellent source of interesting woods and have been thinking about making handmade knitting needles to sell. I'm sure I'll have more questions later, but before I even start making them, I need to figure out what sizes to make. Eventually I'd like to have a full range of sizes, but I wanted to start with maybe . . . . 5 or so sizes. So, my question is for knitters: What sizes of needles to you use most often? And in what lengths?

Additionally, what do you think the market would be for this? Would you buy handmade wooden knitting needles? And how much would you be willing to pay for such a thing?
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« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2008 02:49:35 AM »

The bamboo knits are very popular, because they're so light.
A harder wood would be even better, so go for it!
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« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2008 05:56:51 AM »

You can go over to etsy and see what's selling over there; there have been a couple people on the forums here selling knitting needles; don't know what the success rate is.

I'm not a knitter, so couldn't tell you what sizes are the most popular; you might want to make an example or two out of the wood for photos and direct sale, then make the sizes people want when they place their orders.
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« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2008 04:38:26 PM »

I usually use 8's or 10's..I would purchase some needles if they were cute & reflected something funky & user friendly-not rough on my hands or snagging yarn..good luck & hope it all works well..
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« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2008 11:35:54 PM »

Thanks for your help all! The sizes are especially helpful smittenheart, thank you. I was planning on making some 8's for my prototype and then hopefully a few other sizes. I think I will gradually work up to a more full line of sizes, if I have some success.

The needles are going to be made of a variety of woods and fairly simple in design. I have two ideas for how they will look, one is to have the end piece (what is that even called? the bit the keeps your yarn from slipping off the end) a different kind of wood, either darker or lighter than the rest of the needle for a bit of contrast. My other idea involves some wire wrapping and a pretty glass bead at the end.

I am wondering about what to charge. I have looked at some prices on etsy but these needles will be quite labor intensive. I'm basically starting with a raw piece of wood, drying it and milling it myself, and then shaping it and sanding by hand. I will have to see exactly how long they take, but do you think there's a market for, I guess, "luxury" knitting needles? Do you think people would be willing to pay a little more, knowing that they are entirely handmade?

Thank you so much for helping me out, I'm really still in the planning stages.
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« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2008 11:41:42 PM »

I usually use 8's or 10's..I would purchase some needles if they were cute & reflected something funky & user friendly-not rough on my hands or snagging yarn..good luck & hope it all works well..

ditto..

i would totally buy handmade needles as long as they are nice and smooth. As for price..that can be tricky..The most I have ever paid for a pair is 25 and they were handmade. I think you could have a pretty big market for luxury needles since people are so fond of all of the other luxury crafting items on the market!
Good luck!! Be sure to let us know where we can buy these once you are all done!

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« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2008 12:26:36 PM »

My knitting friends and I rarely use anything in the size of a single digit. 13s are about as small as we like to go. lol I would say you defiently have to make 8s though

As for price. I used to have a ton of sites bookmarked where I would go to drool. Handmade and VERY nice needles, some as much as $100 a set. Many were in the $25-50 a set price range. I think people are willing to buy very nice, and pricey needles.
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« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2008 03:12:28 PM »

I don't knit, I crochet, but I would definitely buy handmade hooks. ESPECIALLY if they don't snag, are smooth, durable, and have a cute/funky design. It would make me feel happier and my craft more fun. And since your mood is reflected in your work, I would have better looking/feeling afghans, hats, etc.
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« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2008 08:16:55 PM »

I hadn't thought much about making crochet hooks, but maybe if the needle thing takes off, I'll try some. Thanks.
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« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2008 12:50:58 AM »

I know this one is kinda deep in the archive but I'll give my answer to the question....


I rarely use anything other than size 7,8, or 9.  I really like the shorter needles, like 7 or 8 inches long? I think this would be a great idea-- I absolutely prize all things handmade, so if my needles were handmade I would LOVE it.  I really like the idea of having the glass bits on the ends.  That would be very pretty.  Just please make sure to put the size of the needle on each one.

I would love to see if you've created any needles so far.  Cheesy
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